Although it’s recommended that you employ a professional for the installation of glass pool fencing, if you have decided to undertake the project yourself you’re probably wondering what the correct procedure is. We’ve outlined the key steps in the list below – be warned that it’s not as straightforward as you might think.
Step 1: Setting Out
This is also the most important step, as it will ensure that the fencing fits into the space correctly.
- Mark the outside extremities of the fence on the reciprocal surface;
- Draw a line between these marks, parallel with the outside edge of the area and 106mm in from the edge;
- Mark the panel lengths along the line and mark the gaps between panels;
- The spigots are placed 25% in from each end of the glass panel (eg if a panel is 1600mm, the centre of the spigot will be 400mm from each end);
- Find the centre of the gate position and mark it on the line, then measure 465mm each side of this mark (to represent the hinge and latch panel);
- You can now core drill your holes, dig your holes or bolt down your spigots (once they’ve been attached to the glass).
Step 2: Core Drilling
When installing glass pool fencing on a tiled or paved surface, core drilling is seen as stronger and more appealing.
- Before drilling, check to ensure that there isn’t any electrical cables or plumbing beneath the surface;
- Using a core drill is pretty simple, but be sure to read any safety instructions provided;
- Ensure that the water is running (not too much or the drill won’t cut properly) and drill to between 80 and 100mm;
- Break the concrete core out using a hammer and chisel, tapping gently to one side, and pull it out using tongs;
- Be sure to hose off the cement slurry so it doesn’t stain or mark;
- Dry out the holes;
- You can now stand the fence up. The standard overall height is 1.250m but this can vary.
Step 3: Handling Glass Panels & Working Safely
- When handling glass, appropriate protective gear should be worn (such as safety glasses, steel capped boots, gloves and a leather apron)
- A glass sucker should be used when lifting the panels. Be sure to use the correct lifting techniques;
- Ensure that all Occupational Health & Safety requirements are adhered to.
Step 4: Standing The Fence Up
- Lay the panels on a flat surface with a blanket or something soft underneath them;
- Bolt (square) or clamp (round) the spigots to the panel – don’t forget to use the plastic tube that separates the bolt from the glass.
- Place the cover plate on the bottom of the spigot, taping it up to hold it up just under the glass;
- Place some timber packing blocks along the chalk line to sit the glass on;
- Stand the panels up and evenly lower the spigots into the core holes until the glass sits on the timber blocks;
- Brace the first panel so that it’s stable, level and plumb;
- When you’re sure that it’s plumb and level, mix the grout according to the instructions and pour into the hole (leave 5mm at the top);
- Lower the cover plate over the core hole (you can silicon it down);
- Don’t allow the fencing to be moved or touched for 24 hours.
We hope that the above instructions have given you a better idea of how glass pool fencing is installed. Even so, we recommend that you employ the services of a professional to complete the project for you. This will decrease the likelihood of anything going wrong and, if it does, that it will be dealt with accordingly.